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| ||Paul Lawrie will shoot for history this week, as he defends his title at the
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Lawrie, who defeated Peter Hanson and Jason
Day by four shots last year, will attempt to become the first back-to-back
champion of this event. In addition, Lawrie is seeking to become the first
three-time champion at Doha Golf Club, having also won here in 1999. Adam
Scott, who owns the course record at 61, is the other two-time winner.
Shortened to 54 holes by heavy winds, Lawrie was tied for the lead after
eight holes, but played the remaining 10 holes in six-under par to earn his
seventh of eight career European Tour titles. A win this week, would make
Lawrue the oldest player in European Tour history to defend his title at age
44 and 25 days. Fourteen of the top-50 players in the world are expected to
play this week.